MLB to drop seven-inning doubleheader, ghost runners, Rob Manfred says

Major League Baseball will likely remove the seven-inning doubleheader and the extra-inning ghost runner, Commissioner Rob Manfred said.

“I see the extra-inning rule and the seven-inning doubleheaders as rules implemented based on medical advice,” Manfred said on Tuesday during his annual news conference with the Baseball Writers Association of America about the rules that were instituted during the Covid pandemic.

He also said that infield shifts might also be regulated or eradicated altogether. Infield shifts have been used since the last days of Ted Williams, and its usage has significantly increased in recent times.

“It’s not change, it’s kind of restoration. That’s why people are in favor of it,” Manfred said. “I think front offices believe in general it would have a positive impact on the game.”

 
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Major League Baseball is an American professional baseball organization and the oldest of the major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. (wikipedia)

 
 
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Robert D. “Rob” Manfred Jr, född den 28 september 1958 i Rome i delstaten New York, är en amerikansk idrottsledare och jurist som är basebollkommissarie (wikipedia)

 
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